Psych 399R Essay 3

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Caitlin Dekker Psych 399R Essay 3 Attachment Theory There has been extensive research on attachment theory between parent and child, particularly by Bowlby and Ainsworth. Bowlby pioneered attachment theory which fosters the idea that infants become attached to caregivers who are sensitive and responsive. He believed that from children’s early relationships with their mothers, certain types of attachment will develop and that attachment style will carry over to the children’s later relationships. Ainsworth furthered the study of attachment theory and developed four basic attachment styles: secure, anxious-resistant insecure, anxious-avoidant insecure, and disoriented attachment. The healthiest of the four is secure attachment in which a child will be exploratory while the mother is present, will become upset when the mother leaves, and will be happy when the mother returns. On the other hand, an anxious-resistant child will be very distressed when the mother leaves, but will be ambivalent when the mother returns, desiring to be close to the mother but resentful that she left
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course PSYCH 311 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at BYU.

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